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Glenmora household finds Pennsylvania soldier’s WWII-era canine tag in entrance yard


GLENMORA, La. (KALB) – On a scorching, summer time day final week, Columbus Rhame powered up the lawnmower and went to chop the grass on his Glenmora property. Alongside the wooden line, close to his previous storage, he noticed one thing shining within the grime.

“I received down and picked it up and it was a canine tag,” he mentioned. “When my spouse received dwelling, I handed it to her and she or he cleaned it up and located it was an individual from Pennsylvania.”

The title on the canine tag was Harry F. Steding. It included an tackle and speak to data for his spouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – greater than a thousand miles away.

“You’ll assume, effectively how wouldn’t it have gotten right here?” he informed us.

It was a great query. His spouse, Amanda, was decided to seek out that out.

“I knew it was actually previous,” mentioned Amanda. “It turned a thriller to us.”

Amanda did what anybody would do in 2022 – headed to Google. She shortly tracked down Steding’s draft card. Steding joined the navy at 20, again in 1941. That 12 months was prime time for Camp Claiborne, and the world surrounding the Rhame’s Glenmora dwelling was as soon as a identified spot for troops to march by way of.

“Lengthy story quick, he was from Pennsylvania and he was right here coaching,” Amanda informed us.

Amanda headed to Fb, and that search led her to Steding’s granddaughter, who in flip positioned a name to her mother, Suzettte, who lives in Chesterton, Indiana.

“She received a maintain of me, she was all excited,” mentioned Suzette Steding-Ball of her daughter’s telephone name telling her that the canine tag had been discovered. “Any person discovered grandpa’s canine tag! I’m like, what?”

Amanda and Suzette linked.

“We had been like associates on the first telephone name,” mentioned Suzette of talking with Amanda.

Suzette mentioned her father served throughout World Battle II and ended up in India. Someplace alongside the best way, he made a cease at Camp Claiborne as a part of a railroad battalion.

“I hear Camp Claiborne was identified for particular ops and railroading,” mentioned Steding-Ball. “My father was a railroader.”

The railroad profession lasted Steding the remainder of his life as soon as he returned dwelling. He handed away in 1991. Suzette mentioned she faintly remembers her mom mentioning one thing a few canine tag rising up. She thinks her father would have gotten a kick out of it being discovered 80 years later.

“He can be flipping,” she informed us. “He can be like, oh my gosh.”

That canine tag is now within the mail heading dwelling. And, Amanda and Suzette have developed a newfound friendship, one apparently 80 years within the making.

“It’s wonderful how all the pieces comes collectively,” mentioned Amanda. “It’s all about love. It’s all about love.”

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